Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Danrey White launches an F-35B Lightning II.
Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handling) 1st Class Danrey White launches an F-35B Lightning II attached to the Avengers of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 211 on the flight deck of Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Essex (LHD 2) during a scheduled deployment of the Essex Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 13th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU). The Essex ARG and 13th MEU is the first U.S. Navy/Marine Corps team to deploy to U.S. 5th Fleet area of operations with the transformational warfighting capabilities of the F-35B Lightning II, making it a more lethal, flexible and persistent force, leading to a more stable region for our partner nations. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Matthew Freeman/Released)

Professional Development

The College of Leadership and Ethics (CLE) offers courses in leader development for flag officers and their civilian senior executive service (SES) equivalents. These courses are complementary and expand on the fundamental material presented at the Naval Flag and Executive Course.

Advanced Flag and Executive Course

The Advanced Flag and Executive Course (AFLEX) is a 3-star and SES-level course chartered by the VCNO and developed and delivered by the CLE team at the Naval War College. The AFLEX course introduces fresh ideas and concepts in a collaborative and interactive format meant to challenge and evolve senior leaders critical and strategic thinking. Through a combination of CLE-delivered exercises and selected guest speakers, the course addresses a range of concepts in leader development, including mental complexity, organizational development, the future of national security, and civil-military relationships. AFLEX is designed to be intellectually challenging and provide time for all attendees to explore these concepts as they consider how to best apply these ideas to the demanding and changing global environment.

Intermediate Flag and Executive Course

The Intermediate Flag and Executive Course (IFLEX) is a 3-star and SES-level course chartered by VCNO and developed and delivered by the CLE team at the Naval War College. IFLEX challenges these senior leaders to think more critically and adaptively as they prepare for positions of increased responsibility and complexity. Through a combination of CLE content, targeted guest speakers, and classroom exercises, attendees will be introduced to emerging and validated concepts and theories in the areas of cognitive development, bias, mental complexity, and critical thinking among others. The course is meant to be intellectually challenging and stimulating as the students are urged to think differently about their new roles and challenge previously held beliefs about their own development and organizational growth.

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We offer support to the community for leadership development, ethical decision-making, critical thinking, moral reasoning, and cultural competence.

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Core Curriculum

Students will explore advance military and civilian leader's knowledge and develop skills that will help them to understand themselves and those they lead.

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Educating Leaders

We support each Navy community in their community leader development and maintain a strategy for leadership growth beyond major command. 

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